From hip Dublin, to raw landscapes, wild coastlines, country pubs, lively folk music and dance, Ireland has much to offer.

Ireland is a popular tourist destination for many reasons - there are plenty of established historic traditions which are exciting and its love of Guinness is well-known. Travellers particularly fall in love with the people of Ireland and their unique accent. Hospitality in Ireland is counted among the greatest virtues, dating from the Celtic times when anyone not offering the traveller food or drink was considered shameful, and the country is now legendary for the friendliness of its people. Hospitality finds its institution in the local pub - the centre of social life. Even the smallest towns have numerous pubs and none of them are ever empty. The Irish keep their easy-going attitude to life and they never seem to rush or worry - in Ireland time is the greatest luxury.

When to Go

A&K Europe Travel Experts suggests that the peak months of the tourist season are July and August, so consider visiting in May, June or September if you can. The weather is likely to be at least as good and hotels are less busy. Spring flowers are at their best in April and May, and October offers many arts festivals. Winter days have their own sort of atmosphere but darkness falls early, and many sites and attractions are closed, as are a lot of the hotels in holiday areas. You can have magnificent beaches like Rosses Point near Sligo Town all to yourself, but it may be too cold to swim

Featured Ireland Journeys

Group of 189 days, from AU$10,570
Ireland: Splendours of the Emerald Isle - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2020)

Revel in the finest traditions of Irish hospitality on this indulgent luxury journey through Ireland. Thrill to magnificent scenery, including the Ring of Kerry, and enjoy heartfelt country welcomes as you take in a sheepdog demonstration, enjoy tast

Group9 days, from AU$10,570
Private7 days, from AU$6,925
Shannon Princess

​The River Shannon and its lakes represent Ireland at its finest and your cruise aboard Shannon Princess features a landscape of rolling green fields, ancient Celtic landmarks and an abundance of wildlife.

Private7 days, from AU$6,925
Group of 2412 days, from AU$10,765
Scotland & Ireland: Stories & Legends - A Connections Boutique Group Journey (2020)

Explore Scotland and the Emerald Isle on a journey encompassing hilltop Edinburgh and the rugged Scottish Highlands, as well as Dublin, Belfast and the fascinating northern regions of Ireland.

Group12 days, from AU$10,765
Private9 days, from AU$12,110
Best of Southern Ireland

Explore the Emerald Isle from east coast to west. From the Georgian architecture of Dublin to Cork and its Titanic heritage, the scenic Ring of Kerry and the Irish Lake District.

Private9 days, from AU$12,110

Featured Accommodation

Belmond Grand Hibernian

Belmond Grand Hibernian is Ireland’s first ever luxury touring train, lifting travel in the Emerald Isle to dazzling new heights.

Shannon Princess

​The ten passenger Shannon Princess is the largest hotel barge cruising the River Shannon.

Ashford Castle

Overlooking Lough Corrib, Ireland's second largest lake, on 350 acres of stunning parkland, this award-winning luxury hotel from the Red Carnation collection occupies a 13th century castle.

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